There is some argument as to whether we will achieve eternal life when we die, be resurrected or reincarnated.
Reincarnation I can live with since the inference is that we will be reborn as another entity. Whether that entity is animal or insect, the supposition is that we will live ‘eternally’ but in very small slices as something or someone different. Although there have been attempts to prove reincarnation by hypnosis and past life regression, there have been too many King Henries, too many Queen Elizabeths and not enough serfs and slaves for any conviction. Presumably we are reincarnated totally ignorant of what we may have been before. My only reservation about reincarnation is that, if it is the soul that is transferred in the process, where do all the new souls come from? After all, there are far more people alive today than there were 2,000 years ago.
Resurrection is something I find very difficult to accept. What is there to be resurrected? Are we condemning to eternal non existence all those people we cremate each day? To where will we be resurrected? Many people believe that this Earth will be made into Paradise and we will all live happily on it for ever more. I suppose there are enough barren areas to be converted to living space and God is certainly powerful enough to adjust the climate so that we all enjoy the weather we enjoy and confound the physical rules mankind has attributed to the known universe..
Eternal life in some place called Heaven, be it a mansion with many rooms or a fantastic place that will accommodate everybody is probably the least easy concept to grasp. I suppose we should also consider eternal life in some place called Hell although my question may not be so relevant there.
The point of this missive is to find out what you think we will do for eternity. I suppose reincarnation will determine our future activities by the nature of what we are reincarnated into but what about resurrection and eternal life? How will we pass the time (if it still exists) or occupy ourselves for eternity? Will we have some sort of community structure that requires that we interact with each other to ensure our continued survival? Will we simply exist for the sake of existing? Will we really spend eternity singing hymns and arias to praise the God who put us there (do we really want such a vainglorious God?)? I don’t suppose many people really believe that we will sprout wings, become accomplished harpists and sit on clouds but, what do you think we will do if we are granted eternal life?
p.s. While you think of an answer, maybe you can tell me at which point in his existence man is considered as worthy of eternal life? Will we be meeting neanderthals, for example?